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Lot #    34087
Auction End Date    4/24/2012 12:31:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Divrei Emet
Title (Hebrew)    דברי אמת
Author    [First Ed.] R. Isaac Bekhor David
City    Constantinople
Publisher    ראובן ונסים אשכנזי,
Publication Date    1760
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [6], 47, 117, 11, [1], 49 ff. folio 295:192 mm., wide margins, usual age and damp staining, some foxing, old hands, pp. 25-26 in ms. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Responsa and novellae by the Sephardic sage R. Isaac Bekhor David. There are introductions from R. Abraham ben Avigdor, son-in-law of the author, the dayyan R, Hayyim Madoai, R. Aaron di Toledo, and from Isaac Bekhor David. The text begins with Orah Hayyim, and, from 1a-38b, consist of twelve responsa. Next are several kuntresim on Gittin, lavin, and other deep and weighty discussions of Talmudic subjects. The first part of Divrei Emet concludes with an index, followed by fifteen discourses on the Torah.

R. Isaac Bekhor David (1690-1755) is considered one of the greatest sages of Constantinople. He was born in that city and learned Torah in the yeshiva of R. Samuel ha-Levi. He left over three sons who were considered among the leading rabbis of their time and who printed their father’s Divrei Emet. The Hida, who was a contemporary of R. Isaac Bekhor David wrote in praise of both the author and of his Divrei Emet. From then until the present both Sephardic and Ashkenazi rabbis have nothing but the highest praise for this work. The Hida, in his Ein Zokher, describes R. Isaac Bekhor David as a wonder of his generation and as reflected in Divrei Emet.

Paragraph 2    אשר אזן וחקר ... ר' יצחק בכר דוד זצוק"ל ... יפרד והיה לשלשה ראשים: החלק האחד קצת שאלות ותשובות ... והחלק השני אחד עשר ... קונטריסים ... בפלפול ... בשלי"ש חמש עשרה דרושים לכל חפציהם ...שנת ואל ת'צ'ל' מפי דבר אמת'

דף [6]: הקדמת בן הרב המחבר ז"ל, דוד ב"ר יצחק. הקדמות (הסכמות): ר' אברהם ב"ר אביגדור, חתן המחבר; ר' חיים מודעי, תק"ך; ר' אהרן די טולידו, תק"ך.

   BE daled 175; Vanunu, Arzei Levanon 3:1262; CD-EPI 0136751
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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